UNION — The Union Public Safety Department will be looking into complaints brought by some parents against a local dance school that closed this week.
Public Safety Director Sam White said Friday that his department will be launching an investigation into complaints brought by the parents of some of the students who were taking dance lessons at The Ultimate Rhythm Dance Company.
“They’ve said they received letters from the company this week informing them that Thursday would be the last day that it would be open and that there would be no recital at the end of the year,” White said. “As of Thursday we’ve had about 14 or 15 parents come to the department complaining they’d paid for the outfits the students wear and have not gotten their money back.”
White said that the investigation is in what he described as the “preliminary stage” as the public safety department, first, continues to receive complaints and, second, attempts to contact the owner of The Ultimate Rhythm Dance Company to get their side of the story.
In addition, White said the investigation must determine whether the matter is civil or criminal in nature or both and whether or not there is a basis for a formal complaint, be it civil or criminal, to be filed in the case.
White decline further comment as the investigation is just getting under way.